First off, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest was soooo good. As I was reading, I kept getting more and more amazed, and at some points I was screaming “ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod!” I couldn’t stand the suspense! It was so good. Steig Larsson was such a good writer, it’s such a shame that he passed away. He’s the kind of writer where I would have read everything by him, if only he had more books published. I’m almost thinking of going to the Expo website and looking up some of his articles.
Anyway, I spent a lot of time yesterday thinking about how I’m going to approach losing weight and making a healthy lifestyle change and creating a whole slew of new habits. I decided to stack the odds in my favor by combining things that I know work for me from various books. Don’t worry, it’s all interconnected.
For example, Dr. Fuhrman’s approach is similar to Natalia Rose’s Raw Food Detox Diet, and Jon Gabriel’s book talked a lot about visualizing what you want and I feel that adding that would take a crack at the emotional/psychological side. I think Jillian Michael’s book about metabolism has a lot of valuable info, and talks about how eating certain things will help speed up metabolism, and also how certain things will slow it down and you’ll be spinning your wheels. I’m certainly up for making this as easy as possible.
- A very good book. I really appreciate that he backs up everything he says with documented science.
- Focuses on eating foods that have a higher nutrient to calorie, and nutrient to fiber density. He explains how this really will help a person live longer and be healthier.
- Has good info about food combining.
- I don’t like her recipes though (don’t make her salad dressings, too much vinegar and raw garlic)
Whole body detox kit
- I’ll start with this and eat mostly salads while doing it. This will help because by supporting my body’s natural ability to detoxify (and if I focus on eating natural, organic, toxicity-free foods) it will be easier for my body to process and get rid of excess. It will also help me eat less because I will be able to absorb more nutrients from what I eat.
Jillian Michael’s “Master Your Metabolism” book
Brendan Brazier’s books (he’s a vegan, was a professional Ironman Triathlete on a 100% plant-based diet). Really good info on his website too.
Gluten-free – I don’t have celiac disease, but my body doesn’t like gluten
Vegan – my body doesn’t like dairy either (but I’m not lactose intolerant), and I’m just not drawn toward meat
Jon Gabriel’s visualization
Learn about emotional eating and figure out how to change this
Drink at least 8 cups of water a day
Cut out all caffeine
Eat only whole, natural foods (nothing processed)
Exercise 5-6 times a week, at least 30 minutes each time
Don’t eat after 7pm
And I made mini-goals for myself–
200 – because this is a milestone
190.25 – 25% of my goal
168.5 – 50%, halfway there
146.75 – 75% there!
130 – almost there, and because this is a big deal
125 – GOAL
And rewards for when I lose a certain number of pounds…
10 – buy myself a Dwight (Garmin Forerunner) or similar
20 – new haircut and color, manicure, pedicure, and eyebrows waxed
30 – buy myself a CHI flat iron
40 – new work clothes
50 – get a massage and facial at Juut
60 – redecorate my apartment
70 – more new clothes 🙂
80 – take a vacation overseas to a place I’ve always wanted to go
I really like what someone said to me yesterday: “think of it as gaining health instead of losing weight. Think of all you will be gaining, and that might make it easier.” That subtle change really helps. It’s like that quote about never being defeated instead of always winning. Taking this approach will really help because every time I feel like having a snack because I’m bored, I can think about what I would gain by making a better choice, and I’m confident that the more I do this, the easier it will become.